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heart be pestered with revengeful thoughts: take that sword in Mat.6.14,15. If ye forgive men their trespases, your Heavenly Father will forgive you ; But if ye forgive not men their trespases, neither will your Father forgive your trepases. If luft be stirring in chee, take that Sword in Mat.5.28. But I say unto you, whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, bahcommitted adultery with her already in his heart. If pride, take that sword, 1 Pet.5.5. God refifts the proud, and gives Grace to the bumble. If Covetorfnesse, take that sword, Luke 12.15. Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a mans life confifteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And 1 Tim.6.10. The love of mo. ney is the root of all evil. Thus if thou art well acquainted with the word of God, thou maist find a sword co llay any inordinate affection, any rebellious iuft that rises up in thee, Prov.4.23. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for
out of it are the issues of life. Gal.5.24. And they that are Christs have cruci
fied the flesh, with the affe&tions and lufts. Tic.2.12. Teaching is that denying ungodlines
, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly
, righteously, and Godly in this present world. Rom.8.6. For to be carnally minded is death, but
to be spiritually minded is life and peace. V.13." For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die,
but if ye through the Spirit do mortifie the deeds of the body ge shall live. 1 Pet.2.11. Dearly beloved, 1 beseech you as
strangers asid pilgrims abstain from fleshly luffs
which war against the foul. Eph.2.3. Among whom also, we all had our conversation in times paft, in the lufts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind, and were by nature the children of
wrath even as others. Prov.25.28. He that hath no rule over his owne
pirit, is like a City that is broken down, and
without wals. Prov.16.32. He that is slow to anger is better than
the mighty, and he that ruleth his fpirit than he
that taketh a City Eph.4.26. Bege angry, and fin not ; let not the
Sun go down upon your wrath.
whereby ge are sealed to the day of redemption. V.31. Let all bitternese, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away
from you, with all malice. V.32. And be ge kind one to another,tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God fer
Christs fake bath forgiven yon. I Cor.14.20. Brethren be not children in under
standing ; howbeit, in malice be ge children, but in understanding be men.
Ecclef.7.9. Be not bafty in thy Spirit to be angry:
for anger resteth in the bofom of fools. 1 Job 3.15. Whosoever hateth his Brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath
eternal life abiding in him. 2 Cor.12.20. For 1 fear, left when I come, I shall
not find you such as I would, and that i Thall be found unto you such as ye would not ; left there be debates, envyings, wraths, ftrifes, back
bitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults. Jam.4.5. Do ge think that the Scripture faith in
vain, the Spirit that dwelleth in us lufteth to
Jam.1.20. For the wrath of man worketh not the
righteoufneffe of God. Luke 9.55. But be turned and rebuked them, and
Said, ye know not what manner of spirit ye are
of. Jaho 13.35. By this shall all men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have lave one to another
. 1 Pet.3.4. But let it be the hidden man of the heart,
in that which is not corruptible, even the orna ment of a meek and quiet Spirit, which is in the fight of God of great price. Thirdly, Watch over thy words.
Gods servants in all ages, have seen a great deal of reason, to resolve within chemselves, co take heed of offending with their tongues, and to pray earnestly co the Lord, chat he would please
to set a watch before their mouths, and to keep the door of tbeir lips. 'Tis a great part of Religion, rightly to govern and bridle the tongue. if any man seemet's to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, this mans religion is vain, Jam,1,26. And the transgression of the tongue is che ra. ther co be watched against, because of the natsral proxenesse thac is in us to offend in chat kind. We are exceedingly ape to fall into this fin ; partly, because of that quick intercourse that is between the tongue, and the heart, so that we fin in an instant; partly, because speech is an A&t we perform without labour, and so we che more easily offend this way: And lastly, because the fins of the congue are very pleasing, and compliant with corrupc nature. Therefore Si Fames saith, Fam. 3.V.2. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfečt man. inl. Noc only a beginer, but one that is come to some ripenesse, and growth in Christianity; his care and watchfulnesse over his words, argues him to be a found, fincere, and upright Christian. Oh how much reason have we to be serionfly humbled for the errours and miscarriages of our congues ! Divide the fons of man into two parts, saies Nazianzen, and one half of them are the fins of the tongue. One reckons up twenty four fins of the congue, and yet poflibly he hath noc reckoned all.
1. Taking Gods Name in vain, in ordinary communication.
2. Unlawful swearing
II, secret defaming, backbiting, and whisper ring
13. Scoffing, jeering, scorning, giving blting quips and girds.
13. Ribaldry, filthy speaking, scurrulous jesting, rotten communication.
14. Menacing and threatning revenge.
20. Enticing and alluring to fin and wickedneß.
21. Seducing into erronr. 22. Murmuring and repining. 23. Disclosing secrets contrary to promise: To all which may be added, 34. Sinful filence. Of which more afcerward.